The odds of Johnny Manziel winning a second Heisman were always long. After all, there’s only been one two-time Heisman winner – Archie Griffin of Ohio State back in 1974-75.
But No. 12 Texas A&M’s loss to No. 22 LSU in Death Valley on Saturday pretty much put the matter to rest, as the Tigers stifled the normally prolific Manziel and defeated the Aggies, 34-10. It’s the first time this year that Texas A&M has failed to reach 40 points.
With the win, LSU moves to 8-3 overall and 4-3 in the SEC. A&M dropped to 8-3 and 4-3.
Manziel completed just 16 of 41 passes for 224 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions. He also added 54 yards on the ground. It’s a far cry from his usual production and marks the second year in a row that the Tigers have found a way to bottle him up.
The Aggies continued to struggle on defense, allowing the Tigers to pile up 324 rushing yards, which enabled them to possess the ball for a remarkable 40 minutes. Terrance Magee rushed for a game-high 149 yards and a touchdown on just 13 carries while quarterback Zach Mettenberger passed for 193 yards and two touchdowns as LSU pretty much had its way on offense.
The Tigers defense put in a sterling effort all game long. Besides keeping Manziel from going crazy, they held the Aggies to 75 rushing yards and just 5 of 14 on third down conversions. Star receiver Mike Evans couldn’t get untracked, either, as he caught just four passes for 51 yards.
This wasn’t Johnny Football brightest hour, but he’ll have another chance to redeem himself next Saturday against Missouri in what could be his final regular season game as a collegian.